"Get Out of the Way" awards part II
Well we seem to be in the phase of any crisis were frustration is taking over. Watch carefully how world media and the agenda-driven organizations of the world spin this crisis for their own benefit. Freedom of the press is one of the most precious gifts of a democratic society. Having said this, some of those in the media claiming to be Nepal "experts" use that gift in, often, blatently manipulative ways.
GET OUT OF THE WAY:
India: Stop pouting by refusing to invite Pakistan and Nepal "Mayors" to your little conference. You are still fuming at the King's move like spoiled children. Remember last year when you invited Sher Bahadur Deuba and the head of the Royal Nepal Army to India for a little meeting, without even giving the King of Nepal adequate notice? What was that gesture supposed to do? So, who snubbed whom first? And what about this absolute refusal to allow any third-party mediation in this current situation? Sounds like the height of arrogance. Who are you to refuse anything? The U.S. has asked you, repeatedly, to take the lead in this crisis; if you're not prepared to do so: GET OUT OF THE WAY.
The Telegraph: (Indian newspaper) The wonderfully typical Indian method of manipulating the facts has given way to full frontal fabrication. Today's telegraph, none to subtly, implied that the U.S. has suspended arms sales along with India and the U.K. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/24/wmao24.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/24/ixworld.html
Not a chance, Telegraph.
The International Crisis Group (ICG): Here we go. Blogdai has seen, and has direct confrontations with groups like this in the past. They locate in an official sounding city like Brussels, apply some obscure name to themselves, and begin to spit venom. The Heritage Foundation writes like this, so does an outfit called STRATFOR out of Texas. These groups stock themselves with "analysts" and the lazy media eat up their wild predictions. They are designed to generate attention and further their specific agendas. Here's a fairly good article about the ICG. blogdai says "fairly" because it is on a somewhat controversial website. The ideas are sound, however: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/comments.php?id=P651_0_1_0_C
Some blogdai mnemonics:
In an effort to be more trendy and fit in with the blogger community, we will start our own collection of mnemonics and acronyms. We will try to avoid the old cliche's like LOL and the little smiley faces made with semicolons ;) So, here we go: suggestions for additions to this list are always incouraged and usually acted upon.
GOTW: Get Out of the Way. (See above) Generally, something deemed a nuisance or counter productive to the discussion should get a GOTW. Disagreeing with blogdai seldom earns this. Blatent advertising or unrelated stuff just might, however.
RYLOP: Raise Your Level of Play. It is more of an admonishment than a scold. blogdai joked (poorly) about being forced to attend CIA parties (not true) to which one poster cried: Aha! so blogdai is with the CIA! Sorry pal, RYLOP.
DBN: Drive-By-Nepali: Generally a young, frustrated person who gets on the internet, say, somewhere in Kathmandu, stumbles across nepalnow.blogspot.com, leaves an angry comment, and then doesn't stick around for the subsequent debate. While they are frustrating, blogdai feels these type of comments are necessary as a guage.